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    Seal of Biliteracy 


    This flowchart answers frequent questions about the Seal! It is a great jumping off point as you start your journey to earn the Seal of Biliteracy. 


    The Seal of Biliteracy is an award for graduating seniors (regardless of diploma type) that acknowledges proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Beyond the intellectual, personal, and social benefits of pursuing a multilingual education, the Seal provides individuals with a State-recognized credential that will allow them to stand out in the eyes of universities and employers. The State’s Seal is placed on the students’ diploma upon graduation, in addition to being recognized at the Senior Awards Ceremony. The World Languages and Cultures Department at Rock Ridge is incredibly proud of the of graduates who have received this honor since 2016.


    If you are a native speaker of Arabic, Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese, and a SENIOR, click HERE for information on the Credit Through Testing Exam offered in fall, 2022. 


    Although there are a number of acceptable assessments to prove language proficiency, we recommend Rock Ridge students take the AAPPL Exam if possible. If a student's language is not offered on the AAPPL Exam, there are other test that can be offered. The following languages are available on the AAPPL exam: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. If your language is not listed here, please contact department chair Veronique Billington (veronique.billington@lcps.org) to find an appropriate test.  



    Student application process:

    1. Decide the language for which you want to be assessed
    2. Work with your counselor and Ms. Billington/Mrs. Blessing to select a pertinent assessment for your chosen language (most students take the AAPPL assessment, National Latin Exam, Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test; if you are not a senior and you've passed your chosen language's AP Exam, you can use your score as evidence of proficiency in your senior year)
    3. Upon passing your assessment, complete the LCPS Seal of Biliteracy application and turn it in to Mrs. Blessing (L205)
    4. For Spring 2022 graduates, the LCPS Seal of Biliteracy application and all supporting materials must be submitted to counselors by May 1, 2021.


    If you’re a senior who has already met one of the Virginia Department of Education’s accepted measures for proficiency, fill out the LCPS Seal of Biliteracy Application (see link below) in consultation with your world language teacher or with Ms. Billington. Return the application to Ms. Billington or Mrs. Blessing by the end of April.


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